Title: KITTY'S BIG TROUBLE (Kitty Norville, Book 9)
Author: Carrie Vaughn
Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
Release Date: June 30, 2011
List Price: $18.99
Publisher: Tantor Media
Media: Unabridged,MP3 - Unabridged CD edition
Originality of Plot: 4/5
Characters Development: 4/5
Cover Art: 4/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 4/5
Overall: 35/45 = 77%
Kitty Norville is back and in more trouble than ever. Her recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors of war has made her start wondering how long the US government might have been covertly using werewolves in combat. Have any famous names in our own history might have actually been supernatural? She's got suspicions about William Tecumseh Sherman. Then an interview with the right vampire puts her on the trail of Wyatt Earp, vampire hunter. But her investigations lead her to a clue about enigmatic vampire Roman and the mysterious Long Game played by vampires through the millennia. That, plus a call for help from a powerful vampire ally in San Francisco, suddenly puts Kitty and her friends on the supernatural chessboard, pieces in dangerously active play. And Kitty Norville is never content to be a pawn. . . .
I have been a massive fan of Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series for a while now. I devoured books 1 through 6 in just a matter of weeks. This series is a joyride through the eyes of Kitty Norville filled with mystery, action, wit, and a touch of sexuality. The books are centered around Kitty and her family, the ones that she was born with and those whom she has chosen to surround herself with as a were. Her lifestyle, radio show, and quick tongue get her in all kinds of trouble.
That being said, KITTY’S BIG TROUBLE just didn’t sit right with me. This story felt like it didn’t fit into the series usual mold. The story also felt a bit unfocused. I kept telling myself, eventually we’re going to get to the meat of the story, but we never did. I felt that it was more of a narration of persons day, then the action packed series I was used to reading. Though Kitty does want to take down Roman, this wasn’t her fight. I also felt a little weary on how the story wrapped up. I’m just waiting for the next book and the other shoe to drop. If I had to rate this story as more of a stand alone piece, I may have rated it a bit higher. In my eyes, it just didn’t hold up to the incredible Kitty Norville series standards.
Brightest point of the story was getting a chance to see my some of my favorite characters. One of my favorite parts of Kitty, is the fact that she is a strong female character that is willing to seek help from her friends and pack. She know that she can’t handle everything all on her own. Ben was his usual wonderful, loyal, and supportive self. He is Kitty’s strength and family. He makes it possible for her to live the crazy she leads, and still be able to feel safe and loved. I’m so happy to have the new and “improved” Cormac back into the story. With his new arsenal of weapons, he’s stronger then ever. I also love the interaction his interaction with Kitty and Ben. They are his family and he’d give his life for them.
As always, Marguerite Gavin’s narration made this story come alive. She has a way with dialogue and pacing, that she puts most narrators to shame. She is the Kitty Norville series to me. When I go back read the books in this series, I can almost hear her voicing the characters.
This series, as a whole, is full of action, heart, and adventure. If you haven’t picked up the Kitty Norville series, do yourself a favorite and pick it up in book or audiobook format! If you already love Kitty, like I do, go ahead and give this book a chance.
1) Kitty and the Midnight Hour
2) Kitty Goes to Washington
3) Kitty Takes a Holiday
4) Kitty and the Silver Bullet
5) Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
6) Kitty Raises Hell
7) Kitty's House of Horrors
8) Kitty Goes to War
9) Kitty's Big Trouble
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